Goodbye to all That


A post to round off 2021 – some thought it would never come, myself included!

These photos look like sunsets, but in fact just show the combined effect of low winter sun and a blanket of lowish cloud. The first is from Castlebarrow and the second from Arnside Knott.


Here’s another from the Knott – you can see that it wasn’t so dark after all. Actually, it was brightening up, and the sun was just catching the Coniston Fells. The light spread rapidly inland. Here…


…Meathop Fell, just across the Kent Estuary is painted with its golden hues.

Looking out towards the Bay again, from the south side of the Knott.

What a difference a day makes: the photo above and the one below were taken from pretty much the same spot, a day apart, but the weather was less accommodating on the second occasion.


And this is from New Year’s Eve – a short walk mainly to see whether the wet weather we’d had produced its usual trick of turning Lambert’s Meadow into a Lambert’s Lake. It had!

And so…farewell to 2021. Surely 2022 can’t be as miserable a year as the last two? (Hmmmm. Must stop watching the news…)

Goodbye to all That

Great Asby Scar


The weather over Christmas was a bit dismal. This walk, on the day after Boxing Day, had the most promising forecast, and in the event was mostly dry. We chose a route over smallish hills since that seemed to offer the best chance of some views. We’d parked in Orton. The stream we followed out of the village eventually becomes Chapel Beck and flows into the Lune so that this walk, although I didn’t realise it at the time, is part of my exploration of the Lune catchment.


TBH had come out without a hat and so is wearing my Aldi fleece hat which I’ve subsequently lost – a real shame since I really liked it. It was, however, too big for TBH. The farm behind TBH is Broadfell and beyond that is Orton Scar.

Looking South, over the Lune valley to the Howgills which were in and out of the clouds during our walk.
Lime Kiln, not marked on the OS map.
Beacon Fell.
On the way up Beacon Fell.
Beacon Fell – looking toward the Pennines.
A lunch spot with a little shelter from the wind.
Looking towards Knott, our next target – notice the isolated trees..
Part of the pennines catching the sun.
Those trees again and sunshine on the Pennines again.

I was surprised by how busy Beacon Fell was, expecting to find it deserted. Knott, on the other hand, was very quiet – we didn’t see anyone up there and there wasn’t much of a path.

TBH by the trig pillar on Knott.

The long limestone knoll in the centre of the photo above is Castle Folds the site of a Romano British settlement – I shall have to come back to have a closer look – perhaps when it’s a bit warmer.

The weather deteriorated as we walked back to the village, with a bit of drizzle falling.

Back in the village, we discovered that a bus shelter had been turned into a charity secondhand bookstall, with an honesty box – so I came away with a couple of books. Yet another good reason to come back some time to this fascinating area.

Great Asby Scar